Well, we’re flyin’ on a jet plane October 18th! All systems are go for Project Just A Leg. Tickets are booked and bags are being packed!
The next week is going to be a busy one. Last minute items to pick up, better renew my car insurance before we go… and packing up house and home one more time. When I get back, I believe my next project is finding a permanent home to move to so I’m not living out of a tote anymore lol.
So we fly to Sydney October 18th, the doctors run me through a few tests like bone density and xrays to make sure they have a clear picture of the size of the implant, it’s insertion and how much they need to shorten my leg. You know what this means don’t you??? My knees will be at the same height again and both feet will touch the ground when I’m sitting! Woohoo!!! Surgery day is October 26th. Average time in hospital is 5-6 days, then I’ll be released to stay in the hotel with Andra and will go back and forth for physio and weight loading. At about one and half to two weeks, I’ll be fitted with a light walking leg and will be set free to walk with two crutches (courtesy of Award Prosthetics). The next step is to fit my regular knee and foot. Eventually I’ll progress to one crutch, then none.
I’m still waiting on BC Medical to let me know whether they will cover surgery costs – I believe there are two of us in BC currently waiting for an answer. I’ve been told they plan on speaking with the other provinces who have reimbursed OI patients. This is very good news, but it creates a delay of at least another month before we receive an answer. So I’m travelling on a wing and a prayer… I won’t be able to get a new knee and foot, but I have enough funding to cover everything but the surgery and have been given a intermediary loan for the outstanding balance.
It being Thanksgiving, I’d like to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who has been of assistance. I’ve had so much support that I’m grateful for. Generous financial donations – funds received paid for our flights; support for the two online facebook auctions; friends who have donated their emotional support, time and products to support my health… it’s been very humbling to be the recipient of such love and kindness. Thank you.
Andra is the photographer in the family so she’s in charge of taking pictures. We’ll be posting on facebook at the Just A Leg page as well as posting here.
I think that’s it for now, I’m off to pack another box. Next news will probably be some quick posts on facebook when we’re on our way!